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Harvesting Plan Announced for 2021 Northern Cod Fishery

With many in the fishing industry hoping to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind them and get back to some sense of normality, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the 2021 conservation harvesting plan (CHP) 2J3KL stewardship cod fishery. Fishermen will not see much difference from last year’s plan. In fact, overall, the 2021 fishery is nearly a carbon copy of the 2020 season. While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery ...

Local Ropeless Fishing Gear Development Continuing

Halifax-based Ashored Innovations is testing the waters with their Rope On-Command (ROC) fishing system. Since starting in 2018, the ROC fishing system being developed by Ashored has undergone four major design changes, said Ross Arsenault, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. “Each prototype iteration has been built in higher volume than the previous batch and tested through multiple trials or pilot projects,” said Arsenault. “We conduct pilots in as many diverse conditions ...

Land-Based Salmon Hatchery in Digby County Next Big Project for Kelly Cove

The development of a new land-based salmon hatchery near Centreville on Digby Neck is the next big project on the books in Nova Scotia for Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., the Atlantic Canadian salmon farming division of family-owned Cooke Aquaculture Inc. The $60-million construction project is to be a world-class recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and is expected to take three years to build. “The difference with the Centreville facility, it’s considered a post moult facility so salmon ...

Price Setting Panel Sides with ASP on Summer Shrimp

Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters will now receive a small increase for their shrimp landings, but not the bump their union was seeking. Earlier this spring, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel announced that fishermen would be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp. The Fish Food and Allied Workers' union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). As a ...

Big Catches, Record Shore Prices in P.E.I. Lobster Fishery

It’s been a banner year so far for the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island. The landings have been solid, the shore price record-setting and processors have been able to secure an adequate workforce. “We got our labour and we got our labour on time,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association. Gavin said there were some challenges in getting temporary foreign workers to Canada this year. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean had to be ...

SEA-NL: A “Distinct” Voice for Owner-Operators

Photos courtesy of SEA-NL   Oddly enough, the idea of a new association to serve as the “distinct” voice of the province’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent owner-operator inshore fish harvesters originated with the FFAW. In 1993, a federal Task Force on Incomes and Adjustment in the Atlantic Fishery held a focus-group discussion with the union’s inshore council. This is part of what it had to say: “Government should be dealing with owner-operators — not the ...

TriNav Marine Design Selected as Hull Design Efficiency Challenge Winner

Above: TriNav Marine Design director Rick Young at the company's head office in St. John's.   Local Naval Architecture Firm Unveils Innovative E-FINN Fishing Boat Design For generations, Atlantic Canadians have proven themselves to be some of the most innovative fishing boat designers and builders in the world. Now, another company from this region will be drawing on its decades of naval architecture experience to add a new chapter to the way fishing vessels are designed and ...

N.L. Harvesters Seeing Record High Crab Prices

The news for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishermen keeps getting better at every turn. After a dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 season, N.L. harvesters must be looking skyward, thinking some higher power must be looking down favourable upon them. The latest bit of good news came on April 25 from the province’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel. In late March, the Panel had sided with the FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73/pound over the Association of Seafood Producers’ (ASP) ...

2021 Northern Shrimp Price Drops to $1/Pound

While snow crab harvesters reap the rewards of record-setting prices this year, the same can’t be said for the struggling Northern shrimp fishery. The Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel recently announced that fishermen will be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp. The Fish Food and Allied Workers’ union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). The ...

Cleary Behind Another Organization to Represent Independent Owner-Operators

After a hiatus of nearly two years, another attempt, involving a familiar name or two, is being made to form another organization representing inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador. In April, a news release announced that a new group — the Seafood Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL), was being formed to serve as the independent voice of the province’s more than 3,000 licensed commercial inshore fish harvesters. “Owner-operators are a distinct group ...